Sunday, June 9, 2013

Product Review: Fage Greek Yogurt + my happiness over having fresh rhubarb from the garden

Through, I received a couple of coupons for free Greek Yogurt from Fage. The coupons were for the large, family-size portions of Fage that retail for around $4. I know, a lot of money, but Fage is in my opinion one of the best tasting yogurts on the market and I usually eat it plain or maybe we just a little bit of sugar or honey for sweetness.

copyright Durhamonthecheap - Fage yogurt and rhubarb/strawberry mix for dessert!

But today, I added some cooked rhubarb cooked with strawberries to my yogurt. I do not see a lot of rhubarb in gardens and growing up in Germany, I vividly remember one afternoon when as part of the kids choir I was in we were singing to the senior citizens that were members of my Lutheran church. After we were done singing, we were rewarded with - you guessed it - rhubarb pie. Now this was pie made the German way, which means the rhubarb was added raw to a plain sweetened yeast dough and then baked in the oven. Now don't get me wrong, many adults loved rhubarb pie made that way, but it was atrociously sour and not a taste that kids liked. I was not that much into pies to begin with and rhubarb was not on the top of my list of fruits, so even our teacher commented that this was an odd choice of reward to give to kids. Anyway, no one ate a slice and we just drank our milk and left. Thinking about our quality of singing, milk was probably all we deserved anyway - we were never that good and mostly joined the choir because it meant free music lessons.

copyright Durhamonthecheap - looking all innocent, even blooming in my garden, rhubarb - once hated, now enjoyed
Anyway, I digress and back to the Fage yogurt. So the yogurt today got mixed with rhubarb fresh from the garden. I harvest all my lovely rhubarb today, cooked it with strawberries (on sale at Aldi for $1.19 a pound through Tuesday) and just a little bit of sugar. It smelled delicious and mixed with the yogurt added just the little bit kick that made this dessert a prize-winning affair in my book.

copyright Durhamonthecheap - one word - Yummy!
So how do you eat your Fage yogurt? I am glad to have some more of the cooked rhubarb mix left because the combination of the slightly tart yogurt by Fage with the rhubarb mix was awesome. Fage yogurt is available at most local grocery stores and the large container is made with either 0% or 2% fat. I used the 2% fat version above, which created a slightly more creamy yogurt than the 0% yogurt I usually buy. But since there was  barely any sugar in the cooked rhubarb, the added fat did not make much difference and the end-result was still fairly healthy. I definitely prefer the plain Fage yogurt since even Greek yogurt can be very sweet if you buy it with fruit or honey already added. I am also the kind of person that if buy yogurt with fruit, I want to finish all of it off and so having a very sweetened fruit added to yogurt makes some brands of yogurt almost too sweet for me.

Fage also has some interesting recipes using their yogurt on their website. One that struck me as being something that I would want to try was a cheesecake with Fage yogurt.  The link to the recipe is here and the final result is below. Does that cake not look too delicious to even eat? Well not really, it does look very good and I still have some yogurt in the fridge, so this recipe may be something I will try for my next party.

Disclaimer: I received a free coupon for Fage yogurt through The opinions expressed in this blog are solely my own and have not been influenced by or any other third party.

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